Friday, 21 June 2013

Tories Blow Second Chance On Business Carbon Vote

Conservative MEPs got a second opportunity to help British business - and once again blew it.

In April the European Parliament voted on a proposal to 'backload' Emissions Trading Scheme that sets a price for industries carbon dioxide emissions across the EU in an effort to combat climate change. The vote was lost by 334-315 in the parliament with British Tory MEPs voting against.

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted again on the measure, sending it back to the full parliament for another attempt to pass the legislation.

Tory MEPs voted against 'backloading' despite knowing that current carbon prices in the UK leave British manufacturers paying more for their electricity than their EU competitors and the EU plans would have reduced that gap.

Their votes put UK manufacturing industry at a disadvantage compared to countries like Germany or the Netherlands.

Speaking after the Environment Committee's endorsement of plans to narrow the premium on the price paid by UK industry for carbon emissions by other EU countries . Andrew Duff said, "Conservative MEPs have turned their backs on UK industry and shown their contempt for the policies of the coalition government in combating climate change. The simple fact is that business in Britain is paying more for energy than our competitors and this measure will set that right.

"Conservative MEPs could have helped to level the playing field for UK manufacturers building parts for cars and aeroplanes right here in the East of England.

"Instead they let their hatred of the EU get in the way of their own party policy and of economic growth.